August School Board Meeting Recap
At its meeting August 8, the Williamsville Board of Education issued the 2017 tax warrant, appointed a new assistant principal for Mill Middle School and an acting assistant principal for Casey Middle, and tabled an action item that called for the elimination of class rank.
According to Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for finance and management services, the 2017 tax rate significantly lower than last year thanks to growth in the total assessed value of properties in the district. The school tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value for Amherst property owners decreased by $2.43 to $16.79, a decrease of 12.64 percent. Tax rates for district property owners in Cheektowaga and Clarence also decreased by $0.69 to $16.75 and $16.77, respectively.
Hillary Weir was appointed the new Assistant Principal at Mill Middle School, effective September 18, 2017. Most recently, Ms. Weir was the Assistant Principal at Depew High School for one year, and the Dean of Students at Depew Middle School for four years. Chris McDuffie, a Physical Education/Health Teacher at Casey Middle, was named the Acting Assistant Principal at Casey, effective immediately. Mr. McDuffie has been at Casey for four years and previously taught at Transit Middle School for two years.
Following a robust discussion about class rank, the board table any action until its September meeting when it will decide whether or not to eliminate class ranking for high school students.
During a work session, the board set goals for the 2017-18 school year, focusing on six areas: community engagement, student achievement, student wellness, advocacy, board efficacy, and budget development.
Watch the meeting online and read a recap in the School Board Notes by clicking on the links below.
August 8, 2017 Board Meeting Video
School Board Notes